Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2739

Full Length Research Paper

Science students’ misconceptions about birds

Osman Cardak
Department of Primary Science Education, Selcuk University Ahmet Kelesoglu Faculty of Education, Konya, Turkey
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 November 2009
  •  Published: 31 December 2009

Abstract

 

The aim of this study was to determine the misconceptions of science students attending the university on the classification and behaviour of birds, and their interaction with people. For this purpose, open questions, interviews and drawing methods were directed at 110 university science students. As a result of the analysis of data obtained, it was determined that the science students surveyed had various misconceptions with regard to the classification and behaviour of birds, and their interaction with people. Some of these misconceptions are described for the first time (the gizzard in their maw provides the digestion). Some suggestions have been put forward in light of findings both in the literature and the findings of this study.

 

Key words: Misconceptions, bird, science student.